Big Bad Baptist | Epic Brewing Company

BA SCORE
96
world-class
3,699 Ratings
Big Bad BaptistBig Bad Baptist
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Epic Brewing Company
Utah, United States
epicbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
It’s Big, it’s Bad, Whiskey &/or Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, with Coffee and Cocoa Nibs.

http://www.epicbrewing.com/the-beers/exponential-series/item/635-big-bad-baptist-imperial-stout

ABV varies by batch

Added by JohnGalt1 on 09-30-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
3,699
Reviews:
620
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
8.55%
 
 
Wants:
430
Gots:
1,271
For Trade:
125
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 3,699 |  Reviews: 620
Photo of diamond_mind
3/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of kevrice88
3/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of GottaTryUmmAll
3.02/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Photo of SFACRKnight
3.08/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into the trusty new belgium globe.
Pours a black body with a tan, almost caramel colored head. Good retention, sticks around for a bit and recedes into a 1/4 in layer of creamy goodness. Smells like coffee grounds in the garbage. Getting some rotten vegetables on the nose too, seriously. This smells like a trashcan in a coffee shop. Taste is pretty good, getting the coffee, dark malts, toffee, chocolate, but that damned rotten vegetable composted coffee smell permeates the experience. Mouthfeel is good, consistant with an imperial stout. Overall I feel cheated. I'm not sure if I got a bad bottle or what. Flavors were spot on, but the smell was pretty horrible. For now my rating stays, but I want to revist this in hopes it was some sort of terrible mistake...

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Photo of jsmith313
3.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jeffo
3.18/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Got this one from ScottO. Cheers for the trade man!

From a bomber into a snifter
Exponential Series
Release no.22
ABV: 10.2%
Stout with cocoa nibs and coffee added and aged in whisky barrels

APPEARANCE: A clear black pour produces a 1+ finger, medium looking, fluffy tan head with very good retention. Black body with higher levels of carbonation for the style. Head eventually fades to a full film and ring and the carbonation calms quickly as well. A slight wisp and ring remain leaving some dots of lacing down the glass. Pretty good looking.

SMELL: Lots of coffee on the nose. Roasted and burnt coffee beans, espresso, sweet cream, caramel and toffee notes on the nose. Very coffee dominant, with burnt coffee beans and some light notes of sweet cream. Little to no cocoa or whisky barrels. One dimensional and not as advertised, but still a solid imperial coffee stout.

TASTE: Like the nose, lots of burnt coffee up front. Burnt and roasted black coffee beans with light sweet cream notes, then touches of caramel through the swallow. A big and bitter finish with notes of whisky and cocoa under an avalanche of bitter, black coffee beans and burnt espresso. Very roasted with lots of coffee bitterness that pretty much dominate any hints of whisky barrel or cocoa that might be there. Tasty for sure, but not really as advertised.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth with a scratch at the swallow and finishes slightly mouth-coating. Big with more than enough weight. Some bitter coffee lingers. Really good feel.

OVERALL: This is actually a really good coffee stout. As a BA cocoa and coffee stout it is definitely lacking, but as a coffee stout, it's great. The cocoa are way outplayed here and the whisky barrel aging is pretty minimal at best, but it's still really tasty and enjoyable. Take the scores with a grain of salt, as I'm reviewing to the label specification. This is a quality imperial coffee stout, nevertheless. Recommended.

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Photo of Desp59
3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Really solid for a beer that isn't that hard to get.

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Photo of Dreynolds1808
3.23/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.24/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Batch 15.

Appearance - Black with a small khaki head. Medium collar.

Smell - A little bit peppery and spicy. Oaky. A little chocolate.

Taste - A little more bourbon. Some spice. Cinnamon. Coffee. Bitter oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Kinda thin. Very oaky.

Overall - Not terribly impressed. Very spicy.

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Photo of lefty418
3.24/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

All winter I drank stouts, finding a love for those that are aged in bourbon barrels so I was very excited to be gifted this. I opened it with such anticipation. I might be a little weird but when I smelled it it was off putting. No whiskey smell at all....ok, well I let it warm up and when I drank it I wasnt impressed. I didnt taste any whiskey at all. Don't get me wrong, It's a good stout but not one of my favorites. I will take a siberian night or wulver over this any day.

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Photo of GunnerBoyz
3.24/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of NForr
3.24/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of farnold
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of chippo33
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of doldham
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Grinky
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Lochnessmonster
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of tgraven
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of mercysbane
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of julielynndubee
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Arsenal0328
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of davebarnes
3.27/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Punch in the face.
Coffee, chocolate and alcohol.
I thought it was delicious.
But, what food goes with it?
Certainly not the salad that I had as a precursor to pizza.

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Photo of claspada
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Release #1.

Pours a viscous liquid that is deep black color. Half inch of head forms and settles quickly to a thin cap. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aromas begin with mainly fresh black coffee, lots of darkly roasted espresso beans. This does not change much even as the beer gets close to room temperature. Subtle complementary notes of roasted malt, dark bitter chocolate and the faintest trace of whiskey.

The tastes follow the nose with a straightforward coffee flavor, overtaking all the complementary base beer flavors. A little bit of roasted, burnt bitterness from the malt. Slight hint of dark chocolate. The barrel aging did not impart much flavor, definitely would have liked a lot more and I am not a fan of overly barrel heavy beers, but this needs more. Alcohol is well hidden. Just slightly warming in the finish. Quite unbalanced with the heavy coffee flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and close to perfect carbonation. Finish is dry and mildly bitter from the abundant coffee additions.

Overall, the flavors were way too dominated by one element; the coffee. Little to no barrel flavors, bitter roasty coffee overshaddows everything else here. It is not bad by any means, flavor-wise, but I can go get a cup of Joe for a buck at the convenience store. A coffee bomb of a beer indeed, so if that's your thing, not for me though, and I love coffee.

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Photo of crossovert
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. Release #3.

Pours a blackish brown with a big tan head that leaves some nice lacing.

Coffee dominates the smell. I am not getting the bourbon and only slight cocoa.

Coffee also dominates the flavor. I feel like the flavors aren't meshing in this one. It just tastes like a coffee stout to the nth degree.

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Photo of biglite351
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very dark with just a hint of red around the edges. Creamy medium-dark head that falls slowly.

S - Smells like a coffee roasters place. not like a cup of coffee, but like the actual roast. Hint of chocolate and malts in the mix. After a few moments there is a vanilla and alcohol scent. (I actually did not know this was a whickey barrelled beer until just now)

T - Not as good as the scent. Seems a bit confused. Instead of the coffee, chocolate and barrel ageing mixing, they seem to each be trying to stand on their own. it is like different parts of the mouthful have different flavors.

M - Thin, but leaves a little coating. Mild alcohol tingle in throat. Timgle on sides of tongue.

O - Very close. There is just something about the flavor palate that is odd. it is like this brew is fighting itself.

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Big Bad Baptist from Epic Brewing Company
4.33 out of 5 based on 3,699 ratings.
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